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“Non-Cook” Alum Playdough Recipe – have some fun!

Have fun with your Primary School or Preschool child by making this “non-cook” playdough together.


  • 1 ½ cups boiling water
  • Food colouring
  • Half a cup salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 large tablespoon powder alum
  • 1 large tablespoon Vaseline
  • Sift flour, salt and alum. Mix water, Vaseline and food colouring until Vaseline melts.
  • Combine water mixture and dry ingredients (add more water or flour if too dry or too moist).


Playdough is a wonderful tool for developing fine motor and cognitive skills. Your child can use it many different ways.

A few examples are as follows:

  • Roll out sausages and balls
  • Pinch it with fingers
  • Cut it with a knife or with a pair of scissors
  • Hide little objects in it for your child to find
  • Press into the playdough with toothpicks or matchsticks
  • Roll it flat with a rolling pin and use cookie cutters to make shapes
  • Roll it into thin sausages and make numbers and letters with the sausages
  • Practise spelling words by making them with playdough
  • Be creative: make a snake, a snail, a nest with eggs, a person etc.

Have FUN!

Marcelle Niehaus
Occupational Therapist
Cell 072 101 3056